In dreams a bad smell expresses an intuition of something rotten in one’s life. Rotten might mean ‘bad’ emotions felt in a relationship; a hunch or feelings about something.
Sometimes dream show that we have or are taking in Things said to us, thoughts we have, or things done, that have a destructive effect on you. Maybe something you ate or that you are taking in rotten information or feelings. But as usual it depends on the context in the dream.
A painful or rotten part of one’s feelings, life or relationships; angry or regretful words. It might also of course suggest a problem with a tooth.
Maggots are simple signs of something rotten in oneself, and how when our attitudes become positive they are seeds of life. Remember that maggots only live on rotting things. Because of this they are sometimes used on humans to eat rotten flesh. As soon as they have eaten all the sick flesh the maggots drop off.
Sometimes dreams play on words and symbols together. Thus, if we dream of finding an old leather bag which did not belong to us, unlocking it with a key, only to find rotten and evil smelling food inside, this would be a very caustic comment on our sexual relationships. In effect it is saying, I picked up an ‘old bag’, had sexual intercourse with her, but found it unsatisfying and in the end, distasteful.
Example: Other branches of the hardwood tree are going rotten. Walking around to the back of the tree to see if the bark is rotten I notice a hole where bees or wasps have a colony. I put my left hand up to touch the bark and as I do so notice there is also a hole in the back of my hand, in and out of which wasps are flying. With great shock I look in the hole and see wasps eating my flesh away, so my hand is almost hollow. I awake with the feeling of being old and decrepit.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What do I feel is decaying of rotten in my life?
How do I meet these feelings of something decaying?
Is it about ageing?